Bangkok Post – 64 Thai sex workers arrested in Malaysia

Malaysia has detained 78 women and 10 men, most of whom are Thais.

Officials work at a checkpoint in Sadao district in Songkhla province. The border with Thailand is about 300 kilometers from Ipoh, the capital of Perak state in Malaysia. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)

Malaysian immigration authorities have detained 88 foreigners, including 64 Thais, in a crackdown on sexual practices at three locations in Ipoh city.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, repression was carried out at a hotel and two entertainment venues suspected of offering sexual services.

Perak Immigration Department Director Meor Hexbullah Meor Abd Malik said those detained included 78 women and 10 men aged between 21 and 46. Of those detained, 64 were Thai nationals, while the rest were 13 Vietnamese, four Nepalese, three Indians, three Bangladeshis and one Sri Lankan. Bernama it was announced on Wednesday.

The official said those detained had committed multiple crimes, but did not provide details of the charges.

Ipoh, the capital of Perak state, is located approximately halfway between the Thai border and Kuala Lumpur, about 300 kilometres from Sadao District in Songkhla.

The operation was the second major crackdown on prostitution involving Thai women in less than a week. Last Friday, 22 Thai women were detained in raids in the Malaysian capital and neighboring state of Selangor.